Weekly report (ending 16/02/14)

posted 9 Mar 2014, 00:59 by Graeme Lawson

Three local runners, Jill Horsburgh (Lothian Running Club), Paul Dudchenko and Scott Hyslop (both of Linlithgow Athletic Club) were among the 498 runners in the 44th annual Carnethy 5 Hill race this past weekend. The event is one of the major hill races of the year, attracting strong fell runners from across Britain. This year competitors faced stiff winds, snow and mud as they clambered over Scald Law, South Black Hill, East Kip, West Kip and Carnethy in the Pentlands.  It was not a day for fast times, given the slippery conditions and on some descents, it even proved easier to slide down the slope than to attempt to run. Paul finished in 180th position in 1:13:18, with Scott 231st (1:16:13) and Jill 441st (1:37:08).

Charlotte Fortune chose to take advantage of a trip to Norwich to engage in some parkrun tourism. Unfortunately for her she did not have any choice with the weather and experienced some of the worst conditions she has ever run in. 50mph gusts of wind were reported as the runners took on the course around the city’s Eaton Park and as athletes would run 3 laps there was never a shortage of a headwind. In conditions that Charly would later describe as “brutal” fast times were at a premium, however she still managed to complete the run in 19:45, finishing 1st female and 12th overall out of the 318 runners.

Closer to home at Falkirk parkrun, Andrew Fischbacher’s time of 17:30 secured him second spot for the third week in a row. Hilary Stocks enjoyed a good run in decent conditions to finish 58th, or 6th female, in a time of 22:49. Alison Marshall was 146th, 26th female, in 28:49.